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Our 61st Year Revised March 19, 2014

This Weekend

On March 22 and 23, Little River UCC welcomes our candidate for Senior Pastor. You are invited to join the festivities for this weekend designed around the theme of New Beginnings--celebrating spring as well as the possibilities it offers. You and your family are welcome to attend one or more of the events that suit your schedule and your interest. Let's all provide an extravagant LRUCC welcome to our candidate!

View the Senior Pastor Candidate Weekend schedule of events in PDF

Saturday, March 22

Saturday, March 22, will begin with a visit to Greenspring at 10:00 am, followed by lunch with the Church Council at 12:00 noon. The youth group will gather with Pastor Hank at 2:30 pm to meet and converse with the candidate (snacks provided!). At 3:00 pm, families with children will join the candidate for milk and cookies, stories, songs, and a craft in the choir room. Then, starting at 4:00 pm, all are invited to an open house in the social hall. Come enjoy a spring inspired fiesta with music, light hors d'oeuvres, and sparkling drinks.

Contributions of plated hors d'oevres are needed and welcome, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let her know what you would like to bring. Following the open house at 5:00 pm, Kathleen Styles will host a panel discussion with the candidate in the sanctuary. Time will be included for congregation members to ask questions.

Sunday, March 23

On Sunday, March 23, the candidate will preside over a single 10:00 am service with communion. Church school will follow a communion Sunday format with an activity for children after the Time with Children. Following the service the candidate will depart and we will hold a congregational meeting at 11: 30 am where we will vote whether to call this candidate to our church. If approved, our new Senior Pastor should be joining us in June.3/12

Call to Special Congregational Meeting, March 23

A Special Congregational Meeting of Little River United Church of Christ is called for Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 11:30 am in the church sanctuary for the purpose of calling a Senior Pastor and other business as may be appropriate.

Ann Lingo
Church Clerk
March 12, 2014


Richmond Wrap-Up—A SALT Event, March 22

The Little River UCC Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages you to participate in the upcoming Social Action Linking Together (SALT) Richmond Wrap-Up on Saturday, March 22, from 9:00 to 11:15 am. The event will be held at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 180, in the Patriot Hall, 330 Center Street North, Vienna, Virginia (enter the rear of the building). Following the opening keynote Northern Virginia legislators will discuss the 2014 General Assembly session, and answer questions from attendees. Professor Richard Rubenstein, GMU School of Conflict Resolution, will keynote on the theme:"How do Poverty and Inequality Endanger Virginia? Are there Solutions?" Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.S-A-L-T.org or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the American Legion (703-938-9535) for directions. 3/12

Next Week...

Lenten Soup and Discussion: The Art of Lent, March 26

Living Water: The Israelites thirsty in the desert and the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well

Join us on Wednesday, March 26, in the social hall for the third in our Lenten Soup and Discussion series. We will share a simple meal of soup and bread beginning at 6:30 pm. Then, at 7:15 pm, we will begin our discussion. This week's topic: When we do not receive what we expect to see, we act out in frustration. When we feel that we are not being given a fair chance, we react from our innermost child. We will look deeply at constructive ways to change our complaining into naming and growing through the written word of poetry and the Psalms of lament.

To assist with cleanup following supper, you are encouraged to bring your own dish and utensils.

View additional information about the Lenten Soup and Discussion series

If you can help out one of the Wednesday nights during Lent by preparing a pot of soup for the buffet table, please sign up in the narthex after worship, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call the church office, 703-978-3060.3/12

Lenten Music Sunday, March 30

During Advent and Lent, the two reflective and introspective seasons of the church year, the Sanctuary Choir presents a larger scale work with a chamber orchestra. This year, on Sunday, March 30, at both the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services, the choir will lead worship sharing J. S. Bach's Christ Lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4, one of his earliest cantatas. Scholars call this piece an example of Bach's painting narrative in music. 3/6

One Great Hour of Sharing, March 30

One of Jesus' last actions was to pray for unity among his disciples: "that all may be one." We hold to that enduring vision, although we know that the world presents us with challenges to its fulfillment. One way we, Jesus' followers, can respond to barriers we see around us is by giving generously through One Great Hour of Sharing.

One of five mission offerings of the United Church of Christ, the One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be accepted during worship on Sunday, March 30. Envelopes will be made available, and church school members are receiving coin boxes and sharing calendars. Gifts also may be made online.

Gifts through this offering empower people in poverty to learn a trade, raise their own food, and grow in faith. As people united in Christ, we help provide access to healthy food, good education, and excellent health care. This offering builds bridges, creates spaces where people love and connect, and reminds us that we are united as one people, belonging to one family in God. Please give generously, for as long as one person is in need, we are all in need. 3/6

Fifth Sunday Green Space Cleanup, March 30

Our next Fifth Sunday project will be a green space cleanup on Sunday, March 30, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Roundtree Park, about four miles from Little River UCC. For this springtime intergenerational outdoor activity, participants should wear long sleeves and long pants. There will be a scavenger hunt for the young and young-at-heart. Low-mobility participants are needed as "certifiers" for scavenger hunt results. We look forward to sharing this time together outdoors in stewardship of God's green spaces. 3/6

Coming Soon...

First Friday: Love Your Mother (Earth!), April 4

Bring your children to First Friday on Friday, April 4, from 6:30-9:30 pm. The cost is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $25. If you pre-register by Sunday, March 30, the cost is $8 with a family maximum of $20. Register online or between church services at the table in the narthex. First Friday is a kids' night out program, designed to give parents an evening to themselves. Volunteers provide creative and exciting entertainment for the children in a safe and fun atmosphere at the church. Dinner is provided for children and helpers. First Friday is for children aged six months through 12 years. All children in our community are welcome, whether or not their families attend Little River UCC. Tell your friends and family! 3/19

Intersections: Sacred Conversation on Race, April 6

We are a congregation founded and grounded in affirming all people regardless of race and ethnicity. To deepen the Sacred Conversation on Race and learn how race intersects with many justice issues, we gather on the first Sunday morning of each month at 8:30 for prayer and thought on the continuing issues of racism. Please join us for our next conversation Sunday, April 6 in Room 8. Each month we focus our conversation on a specific issue within the intertwined issues of racism. 3/19

Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time, April 6

Come and share in an experiential small group gathering, engaging Marcus Borg's Reading the Bible Again for the First Time through worship, reflection, and discussion. Our final gathering will take place on Sunday, April 6, from 9:30 until 11:00 am in the Jubilee Room. It's not too late to join in!3/19

Seder Dinner, April 6

Come join us on Sunday, April 6, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the social hall for an intergenerational Seder dinner. The Seder is the feast which marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, commemorating God's blessings in the Exodus from oppression in Egypt. In keeping with the tradition of the Seder, this is an intergenerational event, with a special invitation to our families with young children! All are welcome at the table!

A traditional Seder menu will be served. We invite you to help create a part of the meal at home (recipes provided!) and bring it to share. In order to have enough food for everyone, we ask that you RSVP. If you would like to attend and/or can help prepare an element of the meal, please sign up in the narthex or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the church office via email or phone, 703-978-3060. We would like a rough head-count by Sunday, March 30. If you have questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We hope you will come and experience this wonderful meal!3/12

We Need You...

Christian Education Survey

In the hope of providing the most meaningful experiences in faith formation for each person at Little River UCC—child, youth, and adult—we are asking all members and friends to take a moment and complete an online survey. This will provide the Board of Christian Education good feedback as they work to design and plan the faith formation opportunities for the summer and upcoming 2014-2015 program year. The survey will take you about 15 minutes.  It will be open until Monday, March 31. We will report back on the survey results after Easter. To complete the survey please visit: surveymonkey.com/s/LRUCC_Christian_Education_Survey. We all thank you in advance for telling us about your experiences this year and your hopes for years to come!2/27

Shaw Community Ministry Liaisons Needed

Little River UCC has a long history of cooperation with Shaw Community Ministry in Northwest Washington, DC. We are currently in need of two people to serve as liaisons between LRUCC and the board of SCM. If you feel called to live out our mission of social justice and are looking for a way to get more involved, this may be the opportunity for you. If interested, please connect with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or any other member of the Board of Outreach and Social Justice. 3/6

Planning Committee Forming Now for Dr. Anil Henry's Visit May 11

Have you ever noticed the list of Little River UCC staff at the end of the Sunday worship bulletin? Included at the end of that list is "Anil Henry, Global Ministries Partner in India." Well, Dr. Henry is coming from India (by way of Tennessee) to visit with our Little River congregation on Sunday, May 11. We are excited to host Dr. Henry on Mother's Day weekend and look forward to sharing worship with him on that day. To assure an extravagant welcome for Dr. Henry, we need your help. The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is seeking interested participants to join a planning committee. A brief interest session will be held on Sunday, March 30, from 10:30 to 10:50 am, in the Conference Room. All who are interested in helping plan Dr. Henry's visit are welcome. If you have questions, or want to express your interest right away, please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 3/6

Central Atlantic Conference 50th Anniversary Logo Contest

The 50th anniversary of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ will be celebrated over two years, beginning at the 2014 annual meeting of the conference in June. An anniversary logo is needed to commemorate the occasion! Design a logo using the theme The CAC@50: Celebrating the Past-Envisioning the Future. The winning design will be displayed on t-shirts, stickers, and the conference website. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Send your design to UCC Central Atlantic Conference, 916 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228, Attention: Arnetta A. Jones. You may also send her This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your submissions (high resolution .jpg or .tiff format) or any questions you may have about the contest. 3/19

You Should Know...

Lenten Calendars and Devotionals

Lenten materials are on the display table in the atrium. Daily devotionals as well as the purple Lent 2014 brochure, which lists Lenten, Holy Week and Easter events and activities at Little River UCC, is available for pick up at church. Please help yourself and share with a friend!

Lent-Easter information is also available on this website:

Lent 2014 brochure in PDF

Lent-Easter 2014 Details

Worship Schedule3/6

Church Council News

The Little River UCC Church Council met on Monday, March 10. The minutes of the February 12 meeting were approved. Draft minutes of the March 10 meeting have also been posted. The next Church Council meeting will take place in April. The exact date will be announced shortly; it will be moved from its usual second Wednesday so as not to conflict with the Lenten series. An agenda will be posted a week ahead of the meeting date. For further information, please contact moderator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 3/19